MEDIATURG.ORG

 

Word Made Flesh

2 April 2008

(3:45)

The Cathodic Scry of Narcissus

9 June 2012   

(19:00)

Mass Ornament

8 March 2012   

(9:30)

Falling

29 May 2012

(9:00)

              “der Künstler produziert sicht -- the artist produces himself”


     After almost eight decades of continuous media practice and scholarship, it seems we still find little ‘good-nature’ in televisual production, dissemination and reception.  Indeed, the familiar lament that our media are in decline continues to drone from most quarters.  Why do we find so little ‘improvement’ in our media even after constant advancements in social and technological communication?  One method for evaluating this paradox is to adjust our scholarship.  A more potent and provocative media pedagogy must take hold: Mediaturgy.


     Mediaturgy, which springs in part from Bertolt Brecht’s dramaturgical learning plays (Lehrstücke), is a practice-led methodology in contradistinction to toothless contemporary approaches to media ‘literacy’, and also to ubiquitous ‘mediamongerings’ disseminated daily throughout the entire communication spectrum.  Mediaturgy, in true epic media dialectic, is a public provocation for signaling that technological lust, surreal spectacle, runaway capitalism, narcissistic self-promotion, even academic gravitas, will never hold more civic authority than rational responsibility, reflexive curiosity and intellectual courage. 


     Hence, a robust theoretical notion like mediaturgy requires a dispersement of simple, lean, elegant and publicly available experimental methods which, once combined, oblige a deeply focused civic (re)action to normative production practices -- because good critical media making demands historical perspective, longitudinal commitment, experimental discernment, ethnographic archiving, ethical motivation, and dialogical craftsmanship.


    The aim of a Mediaturg is to help:


        1.  Render historical and theoretical perspectives of media production.

        2.  Invigorate critical, civic-media production through theory and praxis.

        3.  Unveil media languages and techniques as manipulable fabrications.

        4.  Challenge oligarchic media-making dominance and power.

        5.  Inoculate against insidious media persuasion and cynical parody.

        6.  Promote civic access and responsibility throughout our media spectra.

        7.  Reciprocate mediamongering through experimental Symbolic Exchange.


     One of two introductory senses of mediaturgy relates to the internal structures of a media text and is concerned with the arrangement of formal elements by the media maker, for example, plot, construction of narrative, character, time-frame, and screen action.  In parallel, mediaturgy can also refer to external elements relating to overall artistic concepts regarding editing, the politics of performance, and the measured manipulation of audience response through technology’s calculated murderous technique. 


     But the key to mediaturgical sense lies in its critical concern with the business of actuating media production at its most practical, creative and ethical levels.  For mediaturgy is a venture insisting that theory and practice must continuously reciprocate the other.  Both media and educational industries, however, need workable examples of just what an ‘informed reflexive criticism of TV’ might look like and how it might publicly operate.  Mediaturg.com thus should be seen as but one provocative “early warning system” experiment.  Indeed, refunctional (de)mystification is an autodidactic tool most any citizen can and should readily employ.


     Still this is no small task, for a mediaturg must also employ a formidable armory of intellectual and practical skill-sets throughout a host of methodologies extending across the entire con(per)ceptual landscape of media making -- from writer, director, designer, actor...to theorist, archivist, critic, and audience.  Indeed, as a contemporary innervation of Brecht’s “Epic Smoking Theatre”, mediaturgy’s lineage extends from eighteenth century origins (Lessing).  At bottom, all must conjoin toward its call for radical, didactic, dialogic and dialectic responses throughout all media making today.  Then, all this must be ‘said back to media’ using its native forms (lexicon) and techniques (grammar).


     Here, one trajectory of TV mediaturgy, illustrated in the native video-forms below, is drawn chronologically by THIS mediaturg over the last thirteen years.  Here you will find a wide-ranging record of my personal and intellectual walkabout from industrial media-horticulturalist, to nomadic remix-hunter-gatherer, to radical home-vidi-gardener, to a kind of self-sufficient mediaturg-pamphleteer.  Here you will find my experimental (ethnographic) manifestations to glaring gaps within the generalizations of existing media critique.

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Social Privy

28 February 2012

(21:30)

Animal Spirits

8 February 2012   

(16:00)

Watch Me Do Me

24 January 2012

(12:00)

Persistence of Vision

17 January 2012   

(3:30)

Going Native

27 December 2011

(9:00)

Ethnographers in Perspective

13 December 2011

(6:30)

Mark of Cain

2 December 2011

(7:45)

Doctor Jazz

25 November 2011

(2:30)

JFK:  Conspiracy Theory

22 November 2011

(20:15)

Jerry Rape

6 November 2011

(9:30)

Nightly Banality

21  October 2011

(9:00)

Arab Spring

11 October 2011

(7:30)

War Primer

18 March 2011

(40:00)

Secret Snow

11 March 2011   

(25:00)

Black Bricolage

4 February 2011

(31:00)

B Movie

27 October 2010

(15:15)

My Erotic Screen

17 October 2010

(26:30)

Laughter

15 October 2010

(5:40)

Oh Canada

27 September 2010

(24:15)

Seeds of Change

11 September 2010

(23:15)

When Pictures Say Ain’t

9 September 2010

(13:15)

Determined to Deceive

1 September 2010

(31:00)

Making Movies

27 July 2010

(7:20)

Miss Trash

28 May 2010

(7:30)

Liminal Thresholds

15 April 2010

(23:15)

Exotic Bodies

5 April 2010

(23:45)

Climate Change

31 March 2010

(23:300)

Terminal Telephony

17 March 2010   

(23:30)

Wasted Vastlands

7 March 2010

(23:15)

Allied Forces

3 March 2010   

(23:30)

# Nine

1 March 2010

(8:30)

Graven Images

9 February 2010

(23:45)

Stranger Danger

21 January 2010

(23:15)

Our Aural Eye

18 December 2009

(23:20)

FOX Nation

22 September 2009

(1:45)

Extensions of McLuhan

3 June 2009

(54:30)

Digital Natives

12 December 2008

(7:00)

Seduction/Complicity

23 August 2008

(8:40)

Black Arts

20 August 2008

(3:00)

Leave Britney Alone

15 August 2008

(6:15)

Zapook of the North

6 May 2008

(8:40)

GMOx

5 March  2008

(10:00)

Goddess

3 March  2008

(9:30)

Oh, You Know Why

1 February 2008

(3:15)

That’s Not Harm

30 january 2008

(6:45)

The Secret Code of TV

8 June 2007

(3:20)

WTC 2001

13 February 2007

(6:00)

Manifesto Beans

12 October 2006

(3:20)

Digital Racer

11 September 2006

(1:00)

Our Body Media

14 April 2006

(6:30)

Screen Reality

2 July 2005

(23:30)

Media Nipple

27 April 2005

(3:30)

Thai Pink

10 May  2005

(5:15)

The Money Shot

30 September 2012

(5:15)

Détournement: Next Generation

6 December 2012   

(7:30)

Diane: A Perfect Storm

30 December 2012

(12:00)